Betanien Deaconal University College - Stiftelsen Betanien Bergen
English language section of Betanien Deaconal University College
Type of Higher Education Institution: University
Established in 1923, the Betanien Deaconal University College is based in Norway. It is part of the Stiftelsen Betanien Bergen, which was founded by the Norwegian Methodist Church in 1904. This private foundation is concerned with encouraging acts of compassion while practicing the edicts of the Christian faith. Most of its operations are based in Norway while one is based in Spain.
The Betanien Deaconal University College was originally started to train nurses for the foundation's hospital. Today the college offers a bachelor degree course in nursing. Further and higher education programs for nurses are also provided. Though it is technically a private institution, the college receives funding from the Norwegian government, so students pursuing their bachelor degree can do so for free.
Students at the Betanien Deaconal University College work in close connection with the Hospitalet Betanien, which was started in 1914. This hospital runs a nursing home, minor surgery ward, gynecology wing, radiology department, laboratory and psychiatric wing. In 1993, a day care centre was started which takes in children up to the age of six. Most activities take place out doors and from the age of three, children are taken on hikes. In 2001, the Fundacion Betanien was started to assist patients who would benefit from recuperating in a warmer climate. Arrangements are made for eligible patients to spend anywhere from three months to an indefinite period of time on the coast of Spain.